Colorado Buffaloes

Friends remember Rashaan Salaam as more than a football star

Friends, ex-teammates and former coaches remembered 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam as much more than a football star upon hearing of his death in a park not far from the University of Colorado, where he stamped his name as one of the greatest players in the program's history.

"This is a great loss to the lives he had touched," said former Buffaloes assistant coach Brian Cabral, who recruited Salaam to Boulder.

Ex-teammate Kordell Stewart, who went on to achieve the kind of NFL success that eluded Salaam, said, "This is a tough one. He was our jewel." He said Salaam "never wanted to be celebrated, he just wanted to play football.